Egypt welcomes restoration of AU membership
Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarter - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry welcomed Tuesday the decision taken by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union of unfreezing Egypt’s 11-months-suspenion membership.

“Egypt welcomes Egypt’s return to its natural place within the Union,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday evening.

The AU suspended Cairo’s membership two days after the July 3, 2013 ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi by the army following mass protests calling for him to step down.

The AU decision “reflects the respect for the Egyptians’ will which represented in June 30 protests and the road map,” the statement added.

The decision was the outcome of the meeting of 15 member states of the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) in Addis Ababa Tuesday depending on the Panel of the Wise of the AU’s recommendations of Egypt return to the AU on June 13.

Egypt is now able to participate in the PSC and the African Summit later this month in Guinea.

“Egypt has never been far from the worries and concerns of the African brothers during the last period, it renews its determination and intention to continue the historical and natural role in the continent,” the statement read.

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